Record Breaking End to Massive Junior Racing Season

The Slideways Junior and Cadet Racing Series ended on a high note, with massive fields facing the starter for the title decider at Slideways Go Karting World Pimpama.

Capacity fields for Cadets (aged 7 to 11 years) and Juniors (aged 12-15 years) battled it out in hot conditions, with plenty of close battles in all nine heat races.

Concluding racing activity at Slideways Go Karting World Pimpama is this Friday night’s final round for the Slideways Enduro Series, with a three-hour, three-driver race set to take place under lights.

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In other activity at Slideways Go Karting World, the Slideways Karting Academy continues to provide expert tuition in the art of improving race craft and lap times.

Sessions are held weekly, with further information available on the Slideways Karting Academy web page.

In other school holiday news, the Slideways Safe Driver Education course is go for 2019, after a successful pilot program late this year.

The course is designed for prospective drivers aged 12 to 18, with three components: an on track awareness section, practical car maintenance, as well as a classroom module on safe driving habits.

Special holiday sessions are scheduled for January 9th and 22nd, with further details available on the Slideways Safe Driver Education website.


With a total entry of 18 racers, the Cadets were split into two groups, and like all Slideways three race formats, a random draw determined the grid for the first race, which was inverted for the second, with combined points setting the starting order for the finale.

Matthew Scholten took full advantage of his pole position in the opening heat of Group 1, clearing off to a commanding 14.476sec victory.

Louis Brown was second, from Boston Weber, Daniel Sullivan (quickest on track – 46.090sec), then Lachlan Trevillien, Bodhi Norman, Jack Kenyon, Harley Rice and Cooper Chapman.

Norman turned the tables to win the second heat by 9.644sec over Sullivan and Brown.

Rice held off the advances of the hard charging Scholten, then Weber, Trevillien, Chapman and Kenyon, with Norman the fastest on track with a time of 46.444sec.

Carter Skewes was the undisputed hard charger from the opening race of Group 2, coming through from grid seven to win, with a best lap time of 46.051sec.

Second place went to Luke Wilson, from Zachary Naylor, Brock Helm, Brayden Hill, Bella Hurley, Oceane Colangelo, Jack Hurley and Jake Cooper.

For the second hit out, Jack Hurley took advantage of his pole position to win by 0.240sec over Skewes, with Skewes’ fastest lap of 46.329sec only 0.035sec quicker than Hurley’s best effort.

Third place went to Hill, ahead of Naylor, Helm, Wilson, Bella Hurley, Colangelo, and Cooper.

For the Group B final, Helm took full advantage of his pole position, winning by 5.089sec, with a quickest lap time of 46.081sec.

Weber was second home, ahead of Trevillien, Rice, Colangelo, Chapman, Cooper, Kenyon and Bella Hurley.

The A Final was all Skewes all the way, with an ultimate victory margin of 6.048sec and a fastest race lap of 45.766sec set in the midday heat.

Second was a top result for Brown, from Scholten, Sullivan, Naylor, Norman, Wilson, Hill and Hurley.

Overall for the day’s point score it was Skewes on top from Brown and Scholten, with Wilson named the Best and Fairest, while Chapman picked up the Encouragement Award.

Final Points

1. Matthew Scholten – 22987
2. Daniel Sullivan – 20979
3. Carter Skewes – 19021
4. Brayden Hill – 18960
5. Luke Wilson – 15006
6. Zachary Naylor – 14313
7. Lachlan Trevillien – 13883
8. Jack Hurley – 7784
9. Bodhi Norman – 7662
10. Juliette Bogart – 7089

In total, 32 drivers scored points in the Slideways points score, which differs slightly form the Sodi World Series points.




Chloe Herbison took full advantage of the random draw pole position to win the opening race, although she was pushed all the way by Ethan Bryson, with only 0.325sec splitting the duo at the chequered flag.

Third went to Cameron Willett, then Chaad Hewitt, Olivia Herbison, Leo Ninness, Cameron Shepherd, Lewis Spencer (best lap 41.004sec), Corey Kai-Fong, Liam Hydes, Jude Livermore, Charlie Edwards, Bowen Kimberley-Mastalir, debutant Jett Johnson, Campbell MacMillan, Antonio Pattel and Stefanie Wilmott.

For the second race it was Corey Kai-Fong who broke through for a hard-fought win, edging Lewis Spencer by only 0.547sec at the finish.

Hewitt came home third from Olivia Herbison, then Hydes, Ninness, Edwards, Shepherd, Livermore, Bryson, Chloe Herbison, Johnson, MacMillan, Willett, Wilmott, Pettel and Kimberley-Mastalir.

Remarkably, Kai-Fong’s pace setting 41.071sec was only 0.007sec quicker than Spencer’s best time!

Hewitt ran a clean race from the pole position to win by the finale by 3.644sec over Olivia Herbison.

Ninness was classified third, from Bryson, Livermore, Willett, Edwards, Shepherd, Campbell, Wilmott, Spencer, Kai-Fong, Johnson, Chloe Herbison, Kimberley-Mastalir and Hydes (best lap- 41.131sec).

The overall podium for the day saw Hewitt on top from Olivia Herbison and Ninness, while Bryson picked up the Best and Fairest, while MacMillan earned the encouragement award.

Final Points

1. Liam Hydes – 21322
2. Olivia Herbison – 21252
3. Jude Livermore – 18293
4. Lewis Spencer – 16223
5. Charlie Edwards – 13880
6. Juliette Russell – 12044
7. Chaad Hewitt – 10640
8. Corey Kai-Fong – 8432
9. Ethan Bryson – 8287
10. Leo Ninness – 7344

All told, 29 Juniors raced in 2018, with the Slideways points working out slightly differently to the final Sodi World Series point score.



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